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April 3, 2014
06:34 EDTJACK, MCD, SONC, WEN, DNKN, BKWStates moving on minimum wage hikes, NY Times says
Since President Obama called for an increase in the federal minimum wage 14 months ago, seven states and Washington, DC have passed such an increase, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, 34 other state legislatures have started debating the issue and activists in another eight states are looking to get proposals for minimum wage increases on voter ballots, the newspaper stated. Companies that could be affected by minimum wage increases include McDonald's (MCD), Burger King (BKW), Wendy's (WEN), Jack in the Box (JACK), Dunkin Donuts (DNKN), and Sonic Corporation (SONC). Reference Link
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April 22, 2015
07:58 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports Q1 EPS 84c, consensus $1.06
Reports Q1 revenue $5.96B, consensus $5.96B
April 21, 2015
16:00 EDTMCDOptions Update; April 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1c to 21.53 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD FB PBR AMZN C KMI KO VZ MCD according to Track Data.
15:28 EDTMCDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 42c... Boeing (BA), consensus $1.81... McDonald's (MCD), consensus $1.06... EMC (EMC), consensus 36c... Abbott Laboratories (ABT), consensus 42c... Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO), consensus $1.61... Bank of New York Mellon (BK), consensus 59c... TE Connectivity (TEL), consensus $1.01... T. Rowe Price Group (TROW), consensus $1.14... St. Jude Medical (STJ), consensus 91c... Amphenol (APH), consensus 56c... Nielsen (NLSN), consensus 47c... Citizens Financial Group (CFG), consensus 34c... Autoliv (ALV), consensus $1.31... D.R. Horton (DHI), consensus 38c... Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies (WAB), consensus 95c... Huntington Bancshares (HBAN), consensus 19c... SEI Investments (SEIC), consensus 49c... AutoNation (AN), consensus 89c... Gentex (GNTX), consensus 25c... Ryder System (R), consensus $1.00... Owens Corning (OC), consensus 13c... NuStar Energy (NS), consensus 58c... Six Flags (SIX), consensus (67c)... Tupperware Brands (TUP), consensus 98c... MarketAxess Holdings (MKTX), consensus 64c... Lithia Motors (LAD), consensus $1.22... Knight Transportation (KNX), consensus 31c... Evercore Partners (EVR), consensus 58c... Potlatch (PCH), consensus 19c... Natus Medical (BABY), consensus 29c... AZZ (AZZ), consensus 59c... United Community Banks (UCBI), consensus 29c... Sonus Networks (SONS), consensus (31c)... Angie's List (ANGI), consensus 0c... Pacific Premier Bancorp (PPBI), consensus 27c.
13:14 EDTMCDEarnings Watch: McDonald's reporting first results since naming new CEO
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April 20, 2015
09:36 EDTMCDActive equity options trading on open
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April 17, 2015
13:58 EDTMCDMcDonald's April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
McDonald's April weekly call option implied volatility is at 24, May is at 20, June is at 18, September is at 16; compared to 26-week average of 18 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 22.
April 16, 2015
10:26 EDTDNKNBMO Capital upbeat on Starbucks, lukewarm on Dunkin'
BMO Capital initiated coverage of Starbucks (SBUX) with an Outperform rating in a note to investors, citing what it sees as the company's many growth opportunities. The firm was less upbeat on Dunkin' Brands (DNKN), as the firm said that the company faces tougher competition than Starbucks, and advised investors to wait for a more compelling entry point in the stock before buying. WHAT'S NEW: Starbucks' multiple growth opportunities make it somewhat unique among large-cap restaurant stocks, BMO analyst Andrew Streizik contended. The company's U.S. comparative sales have probably bottomed and could begin to reaccelerate, partly due to its innovation, higher food sales, and marketing strength, the analyst believes. Additionally, Starbucks' margin expansion could exceed its long-term guidance, partly due to lower than expected cost of goods and efficiencies from its expansion of food and day parts, according to Streizik. Starbucks could increase the amount of money it returns to shareholders or make accretive acquisitions, given its strong balance sheet, the analyst stated. He set a $56 price target on the stock. Conversely, Streizik said he was worried about the sustainability of Dunkin's U.S. comparative sales, as the company's U.S. comps are two to three times more volatile than those of Starbucks. Dunkin' is more exposed to competition than Starbucks, since Dunkin's drinks are less differentiated than the competition, the analyst stated. Dunkin's need to compete with fast food restaurants, which traditionally offer heavy discounts, makes it more dependent on discounts, added Streizik, who set a $52 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Starbucks added 0.2% to $48.25, while Dunkin gained 0.7% to $48.33.
10:00 EDTDNKN, SONC, JACK, MCDOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:36 EDTMCDActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL NFLX NEE AMT WFM C PM INTC AA MCD
09:35 EDTDNKNDunkin' Donuts announces plan for 10 new restaurants in Minneapolis
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April 15, 2015
17:26 EDTSONCSonic initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim
Target $37.
17:25 EDTMCDMcDonald's initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim
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17:24 EDTJACKJack in the Box initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim
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17:16 EDTDNKNDunkin' Brands initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim
Target $53.
17:16 EDTDNKNDunkin' Brands initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital
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11:30 EDTSONCSonic management to meet with William Blair
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10:00 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:04 EDTMCDMcDonald's initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen
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April 14, 2015
08:33 EDTDNKNGoldman recommends buying Starbucks and Dunkin' Brands into earnings
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April 13, 2015
12:57 EDTDNKNNortheast winter may have impacted Dunkin' Brands sales, Reuters says
Dunkin' Donuts, which is regionally popular in Northeast states like New York and Massachusetts, may have weaker same-store sales this quarter then expected as harsh winter weather may have kept customers home, says Reuters. Nick Setyan, a SVP of equity research at Wedbush Securities in Los Angeles said the record snowfall in the U.S. Northeast this past winter could reduce 1% to 1.6% points off first quarter same-store sales of the company, added Reuters. Reference Link
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